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Layla E. Picard

Executive Director

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L.E. Picard (formerly Will) founded the YPP in 2010. Her fascination with Yemen began upon visiting the country for the first time in 1999. L.E. is a graduate of the University of Pennsylvania, where she studied the history, politics, and cultures of Southwest Asia. She has conducted extensive research on Yemen's 20th- and 21st-century conflicts, and on the rise of anti-state social movements. 

L.E. has written about the war in Yemen for Just Security and LobeLog, and has appeared on and been quoted by major international outlets including NBC, Foreign Policy, Huffington Post, VICE News, Middle East Eye, RT America, and Al Jazeera. She is currently co-authoring an academic paper on the social and political impact of Yemen’s 2011 peaceful revolution with YPP board member and assistant professor of sociology Dana M. Moss.

L.E. can be reached at picard[at]yemenpeaceproject[dot]org.


Nidal Betare

Program Director

Nidal Betare (Bitari) holds a Masters in Political Sociology and worked as a program coordinator in Support of Iraqi refugees in Syria at the Syrian Arab Red Crescent (SARC) and Danish Red Cross (DRC). Nidal also worked as a freelance reporter with NPR and an interpreter for McClatchy in Lebanon, and has written widely in many Arabic journals such as al-Safir, al-Hayat, and other websites. More recently, Nidal worked as a program coordinator for the Arab NGO Network for Development (ANND), focusing on increasing the capacity of Syrian civil society to defend human rights. He is a co-founder and managing director at PDC.inc, where he has been working on civil society and the impact of war on governance in Yemen, Libya, Iraq, and Syria. Nidal has been asked to speak at numerous events discussing the Arab spring, including the Annual World Bank meeting in 2013, UN Headquarters in New York City, and at a number of universities and other venues around the United States and overseas.

Nidal can be reached at nidal[at]yemenpeaceproject[dot]org.

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Laura Wert

Research Associate

Michelle Barone

Leadership Intern

Kelly Parliament

Law & Policy Intern



BOARd of Directors


DANa M.
MOSS

FOUNDING DIRECTOR

ALIYA
NAIM

FOUNDING DIRECTOR

GREGORY
GEBHARDT

TREASURER

B. DONOVAN PICARD

BOARD MEMBER


Marjorie
Ransom

BOARD MEMBER

Mohammed Al Samawi

BOARD MEMBER

Amat Al Alim Alsoswa

BOARD MEMBER